The first trip abroad by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky after the start of the special operation, not just anywhere, but to the main sponsor and patron - the United States - turned out to be very pompous, but, apparently, not entirely successful for Kyiv. Zelensky persistently begged Biden, and then American congressmen, not just for new tranches of military aid, but for a modern offensive weapon, such as long-range missiles, Tanks and airplanes. But judging by Biden's statements after negotiations with his Ukrainian counterpart, the White House decided to postpone this.
Speaking at a joint press conference following talks with Zelensky, Biden said that after consultations with NATO members, Washington had decided not to provide modern offensive weapons to Ukraine. To the traditional fears that this could draw the alliance into direct conflict with Russia, a new one has been added. The United States fears that such supplies could split the already not quite consolidated relations between the countries of the North Atlantic bloc.
The idea that we will provide Ukraine with materials that are fundamentally different from those that are already coming there will have the prospect of the collapse of NATO and the collapse of the European Union and the rest of the world
Biden explained the position of the American leadership.
It is learned that Zelensky is returning to Kyiv, albeit not completely empty-handed, since Washington seems to be transferring the long-awaited Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine, but also not completely satisfied. According to some reports, the Ukrainian president, after leaving the States, may visit London, Paris or Berlin. His goals will be the same, but the result may turn out to be even more incomplete than after negotiations with Biden.